Jeremiah Tattersall: Vote, then get involved


Published: Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 2:19 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 2:19 p.m.

Less than 15 percent of voters have turned up in the last two Gainesville city elections. This is a travesty.

The mandate that so many people use to complain about the policies of our elected officials is rendered moot when the we look at such dismal voter turnouts. But the issue of voter apathy is nothing new. The famous MTV “Choose or Lose” slogan that has been used since 1992 had to be changed this year because market researchers found that their demographic (people aged 18-29) felt that they can choose and lose.

Voting is an important part of your civic responsibility but it is just a starting point. Getting involved with civic activism is essential if you want meaningful change. Come out to Bo Diddley Plaza on Saturday, January 21, from noon to 5 p.m. to do both. Vote on the first day of early voting, listen to some free music, and get plugged into the various working family, student, women rights, and environmental groups that will have tables set up.

Jeremiah Tattersall

Fight Back Florida State Organizer

Gainesville

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